Why This Boor

1 have decidcd to write the present book in order to expose the fundamental flaws and fallacies that make the new atheism much less impressive than it may initially seem to be. I cannot treat each author in detail nor respond to every point, but it is not necessarv to do so in order to expose their shared inconsistencies, The new atheists have so much in common with one another as well as with earlier kinds of atheism that what I shall have to say in criticism of one, apart trom some minor...

The Second Evident Truth

The cause of so much unnecessary distress, Harris declare is faith, particularly in the form ol belief in God. Faith is ' belief without evidence (58-73, 85), and for Hicchens this is what poisons everything. Dawkins agrees (308), and all three authors try to convince their readers that the monotheistic faiths Judaism, Christianity, and Islam underlie a sizable portion of the evils human beings have afflicted on one another throughout the last three millennia. But it is not just horrifying...

The God Hypothesis

The argumentative strategy of the new atheists is, first, to seduce readers into tacit agreement that faith in the existence of God is a hypothesis one that functions tor believers in the same way as a scientific hypothesis does for scientists (I )awkins 31-73).4 In science, a hypothesis is a conceptual framework for bringing intelligibility to a range of rep eatable observations or experiments* Rut is God a hypothesis It has not escaped Dawkinss attention that intelligent design (ID)...

Does Theology Matter

Science has become the preeminent sphere tor che demonstration ot intellectual honesrv. Pretending to know things you < Jo not know is a rear liability in science and yet, it is the sine fftut non of faith- based religion, The new atheists unveil religion at its absolute ugliest. They are not interested in taking a balanced approach essential to real scholarship. Serving up the most extreme forms of rabid religiosity, they try to convince their readers that this repugnant material is the...

Theology And The Quest For Truth

Theology can provide a very good answer to why w*e can trust our minds. We can trust them because, prior to any process of reasoning or empirical inquiry, each of us, simply by virtue of being or existing, is already encompassed by infinite Being, Meaning, Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. We awTaken only slowly and obscurely into this unfathomably deep and liberating environment and are bathed in it all our days. We cannot focus on it, and we may not even notice it at all since, like fish in a...

Puritanism

Concern with issues such as social justice and environmental responsibility are not important in the new atheists' critique of Christianity, as they have been for other atheists, Nevertheless, it is still in the name o( morality that our three godless perfectionists send down their most energized bolts of lightning. In fact, from a Christian theological point of view, what Stands out above everything else in the new atheism is its cognitional and ethical puritanism, Its proponents are so...

Does Religion Poison Everything

How Religion Poisons Everything is the subtitle of Christopher Hitchens's new book God Is Not Great. The religion of which that author and the other new atheists speak is mostly monotheism, the strict belief by Judaism, Islam* and Christianity in one God. Other faiths are mentioned occasionally, but ir is especially the toxicity of the God religions that the new atheists arc attacking. The catalog of evils committed under the umbrella of rheisric faiths is a long one, and the writings of...

How Atheistic Is the New Atheism

Ji anyone has written a book more critical of religious faith than 1 have, I m Eiot aware of it, For many years I taught an introductory theology course entitled The Problem of God to Georgetown University undergraduates. It was always a challenge to make out a suitable reading list for this important academic experience, but my fellow instructors and I were convinced that our students should be exposed to the most erudite of the unbelievers. Our rationale was that any mature commitment that...

Why Do People Believe

Religion has run out of justifications. Thanks to the telescope and the microscope, it no longer offers an explanation oJ any-rhing imports nr. If God does not exist, and theology is empty, there has to be a purely natural reason that a great majority of human beings arc, and always have been, religious believers. And if faith is a purely natural phenomenon, then science has the job of providing its ultimate explanation. Not surprisingly, the new atheists have a vested interest in finding a...